Birth Control Patch
By Sergio Toribio and Patrick Robbins TB4
What is the contraceptive?
- Thin, beige, 1 3/4-inch square patch that sticks to the skin
- releases hormones through the skin into bloodstream
- prevents pregnancy
How does it work?
- Combination of hormones (progesterone and estrogen) are released through the patch prevents ovulation
- Hormones thicken mucus produced by cervix, which makes it harder for sperm to reach any eggs
- Should be applied in one of four places: abdomen, buttocks, upper arm, or upper torso
How well does the contraceptive work?
- 8 out of 100 couples will have a unintended pregnancy during first year of use
- Depends if you use the patch correctly
- For woman that way more than 198 lbs, the patch may be less effective